My Date with Suzy Chapstick…

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didn’t happen.

But the new Ski Journal makes up for my failure by publishing a Peter Miller cover shot of yesteryear’s penultimate ski bunny. And so on. It’s great. This year’s Ski Journal Photobook goes from Stowe to Mars, from Dick Durrance to Sean Pettit — a compelling journey through the history of ski photography. Instead of the random ski porn pages most magazines publish for the annual “gallery,” instead we have something with a theme, cultural contrasts, personalities, backcountry skiing of course, and more. As always, highly recommended.

Ski Journal

Suzy Chapstick on the cover. Ski Journal volume 4, number 4, annual 'Photobook'

Ski Journal website

Jeff, Mike, Grant, Colin, Jessie and the rest of Ski Journal staff, glad you appreciate Suzy even if your dad might have dated her daughter. Oh, and since you guys failed to mention the origin of Suzy’s name, I should mention for the record that in the 1970s former U.S. Ski Team racer and ballet skier Suzy Chaffee was the spokesperson for Chapstick lip balm. Hence the sobriquet. Check out the old ad below, hilarious then and still a chuckle now.


6 Responses to “My Date with Suzy Chapstick…”

  1. mtb February 10th, 2011 2:34 pm

    At the risk of sounding pedantic, I have to point out that “penultimate” does not mean something like “really ultimate” :-)

  2. Bill February 10th, 2011 4:02 pm

    Suzy Chapstick would have caught that too. This is the problem with catering to an above average intellect crowd. I must say, that your writing is excellent. I am constantly amazed at your ability (as well as your guest blogger’s) to produce technical writing. And, thanks to mtb for teaching me two new words :D

  3. Lou February 10th, 2011 4:54 pm

    Oh, it’s just a good word for that sort of goofy stuff. Like factitious. There, is that pedantic enough?

    But yeah, I could have done better.

    Bill, thanks for the kind words about our technical writing. It’s usually done pretty fast with minimal editing, so indeed, I’m pretty happy with how it turns out. Of course, advantage of web is we can make corrections on the fly, and we don’t hesitate to do so.


  4. Bar Barrique February 10th, 2011 8:59 pm

    Yeah; I remember that era, reading Skiing Magazine.

  5. Jason February 11th, 2011 10:40 am
  6. Lou February 11th, 2011 10:45 am

    Jason, unbelievable. Youtube rules.

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